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This review is from: J S Bach: Bach Edition Complete Works (Includes CD_Rom with texts) (Audio CD)
My first reaction to this collection was rather like Samuel Johnson's to women preachers or dogs walking on their hind legs - amazement that Brilliant could produce it at all for a price which works out at little more than 50p per disc. But it has to be judged on its merits, regardless of price, and these are surprisingly high. Apart from the cantatas, which were all recorded in house, Brilliant also seem to heve recorded the two Passions in Kings College Chapel. Some other choral works, including the Mass in B Minor are performed by Harry Christophers Sixteen,in this case licensed from Coro.
Apart from the organ works, recorded in Sweden, other works are mainly performed by lesser known Dutch and German forces but these are never less than workmanlike and sometimes excellent.
Although a lifelong admirer of Bach, there are many works in this collection that I have encountered for the first time. I've come away with an even greater admiration for his achievements and am grateful to Brilliant for giving me the opportunity to appreciate them at such a ridiculously low cost.